HOW WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THIS TYPE OF WORK/ARTISTIC PRACTICE - AND WHAT DID YOU ENJOY ABOUT YOUR EARLY EXPLORATION OF IT?
Both my parents have been practicing artists, so I grew up in and around their studio and immersed in an artistic way of life. As a result, I always had access to materials and was able to experiment with various techniques and processes from an early age. My art practice has always been a way of life and a vocation that at times borders on obsession.
HOW HAS YOUR WORK/ARTISTIC PRACTICE CHANGED AND DEVELOPED OVER THE YEARS? WHAT FACTORS DO YOU THINK AFFECTED THIS?
My artistic practice began working at my parents’ studio in Huia. I have had two stints living and working in London. During and between those years I studied at Elam School of Fine Arts, The Slade School of Fine Art and Royal Drawing School in London. All of these experiences have contributed to my current art practice.
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHERE YOU WORK FROM? WHAT DO YOU FIND SPECIAL ABOUT LIVING OUT WEST?
As a Westie who spent a long time living in London, I have enjoyed returning to the Waitakere Ranges and I feel privileged to live and work in Titirangi. My studio is surrounded by native trees and it can feel like I’m in the middle of a rainforest.
WHAT CAN VISITORS EXPECT TO SEE WHEN THEY VISIT YOUR STUDIO DURING OSW?
Both my father and I are participating in the Open Weekend at the same location. We will have paintings, ceramic work, limited editions and works in progress.
NAME YOUR TOP 5 SECRET SPOTS YOU LIKE TO VISIT IN THE WAITAKERE RANGES?
French Bay – particularly for the monthly Brunch At French Bay events.
Mercer Bay Loop Walk
Photos by: Sarah Allen